Continuing on with their collaboration of 7″ releases via Piano Piano, Mr. Bongo takes on the the next double-sider of Sven Wunder compositions featuring Impasto b/w Prussian Blue which makes for another essential addition to the already growing collection.
Sven’s 2019 album ‘Eastern Flowers’ took us into the world of Anatolian rock, European jazz, library, funk, psychedelia, and traditional folk melodies. The 2020 follow up, ‘Wabi Sabi’, mixed jazz and Eastern and Southern Asian sounds to present an aural aesthetic of the Japanese ancient wisdom. ‘Natura Morta’, “still life” in Italian, owes its inspiration to art. Sven Wunder explores it as a bridge between nature and the human ability to judge and observe through eleven unique musical compositions, each one brightly coloured and textured with an emphasis on vibrant melodies.
As with previous Sven Wunder material the tracks here on this 7″ are covered in lush orchestration, evoking the rich musical soundscapes of a previous era (think library music or the film scores of Morricone). First up is the beautiful ‘Impasto’, which refers to the technique used in painting where the paint is laid in very thick layers on a surface. With its lavish sweeping strings and melodies there are echoes of the arrangements of Arthur Verocai, but it then takes a turn into 60s detective movie territory. You can imagine it being the score to a scene in a Harry Palmer film which breaks for a romantic interlude in between the action and suspense.
‘Prussian Blue’, is built on Sven’s ‘Shinrinyoku’ from the ‘Wabi Sabi’ album, sharing the same melody but here with an uptempo beat and another arrangement. It begins with a moment of calm with its soothing piano intro before it bursts into a percussive breakbeat workout. It skates and glides with the influences of Italian library music and Eastern melodies, yet at the same time it retains a unique element that can only be Sven Wunder. ‘Prussian Blue’ refers to the pigment that was imported to Japan.